2019 Kia Sorento Vs. Third-Row SUV Competition

2019 Kia Sorento Vs. Third-Row SUV Competition splash image

When it comes to enjoying big adventures with a group of friends or family members, no class lets you kick back and enjoy the ride like third-row SUVs. With three rows of seating, these people-movers are famous for their ability to go anywhere and do anything while allowing passengers to enjoy peak comfort and convenience. Additionally, they’re no longer the gas guzzlers they once were, often getting fuel efficiency that’s comparable to a larger car. It follows that this class has become very popular.

Although a veteran of the class, the 2019 Kia Sorento sees a facelift which brings the model in line with contemporary automotive design and engineering. From the moment you see the 2019 Kia Sorento, you know you’re looking at something special. The large signature grille opens to devour the road in front of it while sweeping contours head rearward, evoking a muscular and athletic silhouette. Today, we’re comparing it to its most popular competitors. Let’s see how they measure up to the restyled Sorento!

Spec/Feature

2019 Kia Sorento

2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Toyota Highlander

Base towing capacity 2,000 lbs. 2,000 lbs. 1,500 lbs. 1,500 lbs.
Maximum MPG 25 combined MPG (L) 23 combined MPG (Explorer) 22 combined MPG (LX) 22 combined MPG (LE)
Passenger space 154 cubic feet 152 cubic feet 153 cubic feet 145 cubic feet
Standard infotainment 7-inch screen 4.2-inch screen 5-inch screen 6.1-inch screen
Standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration? Yes No No No
IIHS safety designation Top Safety Pick + Not recommended Top Safety Pick + Top Safety Pick
2018 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study winner? Kia – yes Ford – no Honda – no Toyota - no
Bumper-to-bumper warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain warranty 10 years/100,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Starts at $21,240* $33,360 $32,445 $32,375

Kia Sorento Leads the Pack with a Low Price Tag

When you lay out all of the stats and signifiers, it becomes clear why the Kia Sorento has been such a popular entry in the competitive third-row crossover/SUV class. Allowing you to choose between two engines and two transmissions, the Sorento gives you the ride you want – whether your focus is on fuel efficiency or up to 5,000 lbs. of towing capacity.

Maybe more importantly, the 2019 Kia Sorento is built for comfort. Despite the Sorento’s smaller profile, which is closer to that of a midsize crossover, you’ll find a generous amount of space – over 150 cubic feet of it. Additionally, your passengers will love the standard Apple-CarPlay/Android-Auto-equipped UVO infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen.

Finally, peace of mind is all about being able to travel worry-free and that you will do in the 2019 Kia Sorento. With a bumper-to-bumper warranty and engine warranty that nearly double the coverage of its competitors, the Sorento excels at making sure you never have to worry about anything.

With such luxurious features and warranty coverage, you may assume the Sorento to be the most expensive model in our comparison. However, with Friendly Kia VIP pricing*, you can get the 2019 Kia Sorento for over $10,000 less than the nearest competitor.

Don’t wait! Contact us today to see these features in person with a test-drive.


*Best Friendly Kia VIP pricing is as of the date of this page’s publication and not the date of its access. All pricing is at the final discretion of Friendly Kia staff and subject to change without warning or notice. For current pricing, contact Friendly Kia today!